Andrew Berardini: Postcard from Mexico City

    The warnings were dire. Kidnappings, drug wars, bad water, infected vegetables, nefarious taxi drivers, swine flu. And as my departure came closer, the warnings grew advisories grew warnings, multiplying rapidly in people’s mouths until on the eve of my departure, I almost felt like going to Mexico required a well-armed bodyguard and an industrial-strength body condom, lest of course I get injected with swine flu during my kidnapping by a drug-running taxi driver. Such reports about... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/27/09

Georgia Fee: On Looking in London

    On my second day at Frieze I began to get my sea legs. As one dealer put it: “It takes 4 laps around the tent before you can start to see the art…” This sea-leg thing was an apt metaphor. The pitch and yaw of the faux floor in the Frieze big tent was akin to a big ship adventure.  It caused me to wonder if the floor wasn’t pitching towards certain favored stands, or rolling us down to the new Frame section where younger galleries were exhibiting single artists.  As if the art and... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/19/09

Frances Guerin: From the Louvre

    I am a big fan of the Louvre. The Louvre must be my favorite place in Paris, I love everything about it - its architecture, the collection, the activities, exhibitions, and there’s nothing better to do on a Friday night than visit my favorite paintings which, because they don’t appear on the “highlights of the collection” guide for visitors, always silently await my arrival. One of the things I have always admired about the Louvre is its awareness of the necessity to keep the... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/13/09

Catherine Wagley: A Los Angeles Weekend

    The ambient and unpretentiously friendly Simon Rodia Jazz Festival is held every September on the modest span of grass between the Watts Towers and the neighboring art center. The whole event feels a little bit like a laid-back churchyard carnival, albeit one with a rich history and impressive guest list. Vendors’ booths, filled with hand crafted soaps, jewelry, and carvings, create a half-circle around the white-topped performance tent and the smells of jambalaya and fried chicken begin... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/5/09